See the full list. Title: The Tommyknockers Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport. A dangerous blizzard hits an isolated town and brings along a mysterious stranger intent on terrorizing people for his own desires. After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a malevolent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil. A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door. Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine.

Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. Something that came from a metal object, buried for millennia, that Bobbi accidentally stumbled across.

It wasn't that Bobbi and the other good folks of Haven had sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell. It was more like a diabolical takeover Note: All information herein, such as number of pages, publisher, etc. Get A Copy.

Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published April 20th by Signet first published November 10th More Details Original Title. Bobbi Anderson , James Gardener. Haven, Maine United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Tommyknockers , please sign up. Is this one of the books Stephen King wrote for his kids?

PD Doling Reading it, it's one of the books he wrote for the money! This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [So what do you think happens to Gard and the ship? It drifts through endless space with his mummified corpse at the helm. It runs out of fuel his thoughts , crash lands on another planet, and starts the cycle over again. It takes Gard to a planet inhabited by sexy, gin swilling, poetry loving women.

Gard is crowned "Gard the Great Poet Warlord" and lives out his days in peace. Even if it does crash land into another world, I don't think the cycle will start again, since a there are no tommyknocker "souls" to haunt t …more A or B.

Even if it does crash land into another world, I don't think the cycle will start again, since a there are no tommyknocker "souls" to haunt the native population anymore, and b without conscious navigation, the ship will most likely end up on a lifeless planet that might not be capable of supporting life even after millions of years.

See all 9 questions about The Tommyknockers…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Tommyknockers. Mar 20, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it. This seems to be one of Stephen King's less known and less liked novels.

I really liked it. I think my difference from the majority here is two-fold: Firstly, I've discovered many people want all of a story to be good. If the end lets it down, they feel the whole book is a waste of time. There were so many scenes, characters, ideas and descriptions that all sho This seems to be one of Stephen King's less known and less liked novels.

There were so many scenes, characters, ideas and descriptions that all shone with the best that King has to offer that I felt I got my money's worth and more. Yes it fell apart a bit - yes, that took the shine off. I guess one way of looking at it is if you saw the series Lost. But yes, a good ending would have been wonderful. Secondly, I read this at a time when I was thinking a lot about the mechanics and techniques of writing and story telling.

It's the first time I really remember marveling not only at a story, but at the writing on the small and medium scale, and truly appreciating what magic was being worked, and how.

So - to the book. In brief it's like most other King books. Although it has been a frighteningly long time since I read it. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes ….

View all 18 comments. I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book. That was the last one I wrote before I cleaned up my act. And I've thought about it a lot lately and said to myself, "There's really a good book in here, underneath all the sort of spurious energy that cocaine provides, and I ought to go back. You got that right, Uncle Stevie. Bobbi Anderson is a writer livin I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book.

Bobbi Anderson is a writer living outside a small Maine town who trips over a hunk of metal sticking out of the ground while walking in the woods with her dog. After going on an epic bender Gardner visits Bobbi and finds that she has worked herself ragged and lost several teeth while digging up the ship. Bobbi convinces Gardner that they need to excavate the ship themselves, and he agrees to help.

The King quote I led with really sums up this book. In fact, it almost seems at times like he was starting different novels. One has a beloved civic leader coming to suspect that there is something very wrong happening and doing her best to hold out from it. Another has a reporter starting to unravel the mystery of what happens in Haven, but since all he is doing is uncovering what we already know his whole thread is pretty much useless anyhow so learning all about his relationship with his passive aggressive mother is especially pointless.

King also has problems in dealing with things logically from a plot standpoint. He prefers vague supernatural threats that he can routinely increase or reduce the powers of as needed, but when he has to put physical rules to them things fly apart.

Which is true, but it gets messy when it comes exactly which thing is doing what, and King practically broke his back trying to draw parallels to the TK ship and nuclear reactors so that theme is clear.

It just isn't consistent at all. Yet at the moment when they reach the hatch both of them are down in the hole at the same time with no one else around. The town of Derry exists here along with a direct reference to IT as well as other books, and that seems harmless enough at first. However, the end of this one would literally be the biggest story in human history. Yeah, yeah, I know.

The Dark Tower has many levels, blah, blah, blah. You can believe that if you want, but it increasingly feels to me that the references aren't so much clever winks to reader as they are lazy tricks that undermine the story King is trying to tell at the moment. Plus, Stephen King just plain sucks at writing about aliens.

The Stand is a prime example of this. It's like his alien stories are trying to be both E. For example, we get a long conversation when Bobbi Who is part-Tommyknocker at this point.

So that means that an alien influenced western writer and a drunken poet who shot his own wife are supposed to be the ones we trust to deal with the discovery of aliens? And yeah, I get that this is a con job to get Gardner to help dig up the ship, but that thread of thinking that the Feds would somehow be even worse than murderous aliens runs through this and Dreamcatcher in defiance of internal plot logic.

I mean, do we really believe that some idiot would be so distrustful of government agencies and science as well as have such a strong belief in crazy conspiracy theories that he would shun the system and instead choose to side with a hideous monster in human form who is telling him nothing but lies? Never mind. View all 30 comments. Happy Reading! View all 6 comments.


The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers is a television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Cohen and starred Marg Helgenberger and Jimmy Smits. Anderson suffers from writer's block and Gardner is a recovering alcoholic who currently is not writing. One day, Bobbi stumbles over a manmade stone object protruding from the ground. She shows Gard and they begin excavating the object and discover a series of connected cubes made of an unknown alloy.


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The Tommyknockers is a science fiction novel by Stephen King. While maintaining a horror style, the novel is an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods. King views The Tommyknockers as "an awful book. While walking in the woods near the small town of Haven, Maine, Roberta "Bobbi" Anderson, a writer of Wild West -themed fiction, stumbles upon a metal object that turns out to be a protrusion of a long-buried alien spacecraft.



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